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big bass in Lake Biwa than anywhere else I know of. It is where the longtime IGFA All Tackle world record was tied just a few years ago with a bass that weighed 22-pounds, 5-ounces. • Ivory Coast, Africa: Years ago, I ran a lodge on the Ivory Coast, not far from the city of San Pedro, where Stuart Campbell used to come targeting record blue marlin. He succeeded a number of times. From April to June, my average day consisted of three to five fish in the 300- to 600-pound range. • Massachusetts, U.S.A.: I’m a striped bass addict, and fishing the shores of Massachusetts is a pilgrimage I must make on an annual basis, period! There’s nothing like fishing for striped bass when they’re blitzing bait on the shorelines of the northeastern states. Patrick Sebile is the owner and lure designer of Sebile Innovative Fishing (www.sebile.com).

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Editor’s Note: Each month, Coastal Angler Magazine and The Angler Magazine staff search our vast coverage area for photos that will grace our covers. With well over a million readers in diverse coastal and inland markets, our magazines strive for broad national appeal as well as local-level intelligence to put anglers on fish. The cover is different depending on which edition you, the reader, are holding. The following is a little information about this month’s covers.

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the time. Since, the shrimp run will be in full swing, it is hard to beat a live shrimp free lined back toward the fish. The tarpon bite will usually be at its best when the shrimp are running and the buffet is open. Blue water fishing will also be in full swing this month. While most offshore anglers will be focusing on catching and releasing Atlantic sailfish. The action can vary greatly from totally dead to red hot depending on the conditions. Ideal conditions usually involve three factors which are blue water, wind, and a strong current. The best winds are usually range from the north to east quadrants although they have been know to bite well without them. Clean blue water and a strong are also very desirable but not always available or necessary. The best way to take advantage

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Happy Holidays! What a great time for fishing! During December you should try to get out grouper trolling. Deep diving plugs like the Rapala Xrap 30 are the easy way to try this sport, but planers followed by 30 feet of 100 pound test and a Jimyjig sea Witch baited with a ballyhoo will usually produce more fish. Either way troll about 5 or 6 miles per hour in 20 to 30 feet of water. Be sure you fish at least 50 to 80 pound braid, and don’t slow down till your fish rises to the surface. Mackerel will provide a lot of action. Troll small swimming plugs, spoons or white trolling lures. When you locate the mackerel, it is a lot more fun to anchor and change games. Once you get anchored, fire out the chum and rig your spinning rods with small white jigs or spoons. Long cast and fast retrieves will usually produce fast strikes. If the action is slow, add a live shrimp, small

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the typically rough seas of December. These fish will be around bridges and other areas of current as they use these highways as feeding stations. Tarpon fishing is definitely more dependent on fish moving patterns and the conditions that alter those patters so this is where an experienced angler or guide will make your day much more productive. The bait of choice in December is definitely big shrimp but they will also eat live crabs, live pilchards and live mullet. This is also a fishery that is awesome to experience during a night trip. Since tarpon tend to feed best during low levels of light, they really come alive at night. Again, bridges and areas of high current work best and a few dozen “hand pick” shrimp (the biggest the bait shop has) is the bait of choice. This is definitely heavier tackle territory as many of these fish are in the 100lb plus range. I use a Quantum Boca 60 spooled with 30lb braid and a 60lb fluorocarbon leader with a circle hook and it has worked very well for me. Along with tarpon don’t be surprised to pick up a snook or two along the way, always a pleasant surprise.

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Thanksgiving was just a few days ago and many of us are still feeling the effects of our Thursday night gorgings as we settle into the marathon that is Christmas and New Years. In similar fashion, our finny friends are not so different. Gone is the fall mullet run and the incredible sights of tarpon and snook free jumping amidst schools of mullet. Now fish settle down and do their winter thing, namely feed and stay warm. If November is any indication, this December should have us back to our normal winter patterns. What does this look like? Glad you asked! Let me take a deep breath, OK here we go: Tarpon in deeper water and around bridges with solid tarpon bites at night, lots of trout and plenty big of ones on the grass flats, mackerel, bluefish, big mangrove and mutton snappers and groupers in the finger channels, big bonefish on the flats, some permit during calm mornings, lots of big sharks on the flats, snook along mainland shorelines, ladyfish devouring lipped plugs and of course, lots of bait! Whew! I love winter in Miami since it’s one of the few places you can fish

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Time to dust off all that sailfishing equipment, it’s that time of year again. The last couple weeks in November were great with big numbers of sails being caught in shallow water as little as 30 ft. Focusing you efforts in 100-250 ft. of water with live bait is best for hooking up with a sail. While fishing with live bait, either on kites or flatlines, dolphin and blackfin tuna are always a welcomed surprise. This month will be your last chance to cash in on some grouper fishing, as the season closes January 1st. Nothing beats a live bait on the bottom with a medium to heavy rod. As the water starts to cool, fish

are starting to frequent the reefs. As we all know winter time is a very unpredictable time of year, with cold fronts coming in and winds increasing, patch reef fishing is a great way to have a successful day of fishing and not getting beat up. Hogfish, grouper, mangrove snapper and muttons are just some of the species to expect. Live or dead shrimp or live pilchards will get the job done.

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EL SÁBALO O TARPÓN Por Andrés Rodriguez

Su cuerpo es alargado, fusiforme. Muy visiblemente le recubren grandes y gruesas escamas de bello color plateado-tornasolado que las hace deseables para artesanías. Sobre el pez vivo conforman una coraza. El vientre presenta una cresta longitudinal, conformada por placas óseas pequeñas pegadas una a otra, con una espina inferior. Su comportamiento puede ser caracterizado como de gran voracidad. Tiene un rápido crecimiento,

ción (primavera: abril y mayo) se dirigen al mar. En esa época los adultos se reúnen en grupos numerosos y realizan una serie de acrobacias muy llamativas. Cuando son juveniles se congregan en lagunas, esteros, manglares y ríos. Las larvas (con una pequeña cabeza por lo que son conocidas como “leptocephalus”) tienen muy poca semejanza con los adultos, más bien parecen unas diminutas cintas transparentes. Se alimentan muy vorazmente y van cambiando con rapidez sus proporciones corporales. Gracias a que tienen un conducto entre el esófago y la vejiga natatoria, puede tomar aire de la atmósfera, acumularlo en la vejiga, y hacerla funcionar como un pulmón primitivo. Ello le permite sobrevivir en aguas pobres en oxígeno o muy contaminadas. Los ojos están recubiertos por una membrana adiposa, lo que les defiende de objetos extraños en el agua.

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de unos 6.6 lb (3 kg) por año hasta ser verdaderos peces-monst r uos , comúnmente de entre 40 a 80 lb (16-36 Kg). Pero alcanza más de 220 lb (100 Kg) y es probable que existan peces de mayor tamaño, sobre todo en las costas de África (allí se habla de 385 lb, 175 kg). El record mundial IGFA es de 310 lb (141 Kg), de Mario Salazar, en el lago Maracaibo, Venezuela, empatado con el de Yvon Victor Sebag, en Sherbro, Sierra Leona. Se alimenta fundamentalmente e pequeños peces como lisas, róbalos, lubinas, sardinas, manjúas (bait fish), a los que captura en grupo. En su estómago se encuentran rutinariamente además crustáceos (cangrejos, jaibas, camarones) y muy diversos organismos acuáticos. Habita tanto aguas dulces como saladas, en áreas costeras (estuarios y manglares). Es muy conocido por remontar grandes distancias por los ríos. En su periodos de reproduc-

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GRAMP’S CRAMPS By Cliff Kunde

The everglades have been my escape for so many years that it is indeed tough to avoid today, however, with the events and lack of desire or understanding as to the future, I have moved on to higher ground. We now have a hunting lodge in central Florida that does not restrict me from teaching the grandchildren how to drive through the woods, or how to shoot the variety of weapons we use on a daily basis. Don’t get the wrong impression, we do not crash the woods or shoot up the neighborhood. Our first rule is “Common courtesy is paramount”. When in the woods, you do not “splash your trash” or “violate the common sense rule”. We are just part of the order of the environment. If the animals all perish, then so do we. These things were instilled in me many years ago in and around the area of Monroe Station. The Station served food and as a meeting place for friends, it had fuel and a phone booth, the best combination for woodsmen. The characters that entered that facility just cannot be described in a short column and the list included a mixture of professional as well as lay personnel. Water was flowing North to South and Florida Bay was teaming with an abundance of gamefish,

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as that was where the water was going. While working the woods, my brother and I never brought a water container, we jut went to one of the cypress strands, typically the South ends, plunked our foot down and picked it up and watched. Soon you would see the debris drift slowly south, whereas then you knew which side of that footprint to put your face down into for a clean, cool, fresh drink of swamp water. I carry a water bottle now days when walking in the woods, something my wife instilled in me about kissing her goodnight, or the lack thereof. She still calls me iron gut sometimes. The old ways have almost vanished and Florida Bay is in deep trouble again. I have been the leader of several non-profit organizations over the years that sought to preserve our environment for generations to come, but we all poop out after awhile. I am proud to say several groups are still at it, including CCA Florida. Originally worried about the coastal issues, they have recently figured out the whole everglades system is dependent on the Lake Okeechobee overflow. I am a member and I encourage all of you to sign up today. At least my wife will kiss me good night this way. Hope you all had a safe turkey day.


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colorful, and there’s just more of them. I think the remoteness of the fort has kept the fishing pristine. You know the king fishing at the fort is amazing when you see tournament teams run hundreds of miles to catch a fish there to win a tournament. I think there have been more winning kingfish caught at the fort than any place else, but the fort is known for its bottom fishing. Whether you decide to bottom fish on the Atlantic side of the fort or the Gulf of Mexico on the north side, be ready for some awesome action. On the Atlantic side, you can anchor down and chum up the yellowtails on the reef edge or drift fish the different drops. These drops are bottom contours that often only change by a couple of feet, but those edges hold myriad fish. The 204 drop or the 250 drop edges are loaded with fish, but you have to use the right tackle. I prefer braid when bottom fishing. The difference with braid when you are fishing deep is it takes half the weight to get down, and you can feel exactly what is going on with your bait. The amount of weight will vary every day, you want to make sure you have enough weight to hold bottom; you do not want your line scoping out away from the boat. When the line scopes out, you have to put more and more line out to find the bottom. Ideally, you want your bait a foot off the bottom. If you scope out, you also have a great tendency to hang the bottom. It can often be hard to get the feel for it for new anglers. Bait options are endless, whether you fish live bait (pinfish, pilchards, mullet) or dead bait, there is a time for each. There are days when they only want dead bait like bonita strips, ballyhoo or squid, and they will out fish live 10 to one. Then sometimes jigs with tails or ballyhoo are the secret. The best advice I can give is take it all: dead bait, live bait and artificials. It is a long way to the nearest tackle shop. Don’t be afraid to try different things at different locations. When it comes to jigs, I prefer white and everything from 1-ounce to 10-once. The current can be still, or it could be flying along at 3 knots. For I like to drift fish at the fort. There is so much bottom to cover and so many places I

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f there is a point at which the world of art and the world of sport fishing came together, it can be found in fly tying. If you take a brief moment to scour the internet for videos on tying different types of flies anglers have developed, you’ll see that making flies is in a class all of its own when it comes to our world of fishing. Taking time to use natural or synthetic materials and making them look like something that will fool the wary eye of an elusive sport fish like bonefish or tarpon is a challenge to both our creativity and our knowledge as fishermen. However, learning to become a successful fly tyer can be one the most rewarding experiences in your fishing adventures, and it will force you to heighten your awareness of what your quarry is looking for. But let’s face it, it can be intimidating when you see pictures of some of the masterpiece flies that have been developed by more experienced tyers. Believe it or not, with only a few simple materials, some hooks, a vice, a bobbin, and tying thread, you can begin making quality flies all on your own in a very short amount of time. For the beginning fly tyer planning to fish fresh or saltwater in Florida, there are five flies I feel are not only very effective, but

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y earliest introduction to the Bahamas was Andros, and I really feel at home when I go back. Although I am blessed to have traveled throughout the Bahamas for my ongoing research of bonefish and the bonefishing industry, it was my initial angling trip to Andros that created ties to the Bahamas that draw me back. This, the largest and most sparsely developed of the Bahamian islands, offers some of the best fishing in the world. Andros is truncated by extensive, deep and vital oceanic creeks referred to as bights that act as fish highways, transporting rich nutrients from region to region and tremendous numbers of fish. North Andros, separated from Mangrove Cay by the north bight, extends roughly from Bering Point all the way north to the Joulters. Like the rest of Andros, a single road on the eastern fringe allows for travel from north to south. The western side of Andros is largely undeveloped, is challenging to reach and is now the largest Marine Protected Area in the Bahamas. Bering Point can be considered an epicenter of bonefishing on Andros and in the Bahamas for that matter. This small fishing community lies on the southeastern tip of Andros, south of Fresh Creek one of the largest settlements on Andros, and just south of the AUTEC naval base. Bering Point is home to many long-time lodges and some of the best-known guides in the world. Guides like Ivan Neymour, Charlie Smith, and Rupert Leadon started guiding anglers in the 40s and 50s, working to develop a premier bonefishing destination. Indeed, the flats of Andros are unriveled in their sheer size and many areas on the west side of Andros remain relatively untouched. Anglers visiting north Andros have a wide array of accommodations to choose from and while I was conducting interviews in the area, I stayed at the Andros Island Bonefish Club, founded by local legend Rupert Leadon, who passed in 2012. Although I was unable to interview Rupert for my research, I met and interviewed many of his family members. Through conversing with family and community members, it is very clear how much Mr. Leadon helped the local economy. Like the Leadon family, many guides working in Andros are descended from guiding greats, those men who ventured into a new industry receiving little credit for their tremendous efforts, until now. Flats within easy wading from Bering Point are extensive and varied. Anglers should have wading boots and larger flies for deeper water and larger fish. Double-digit bonefish are common in Andros. Fish the tides, look for moving water, look for places that get less pressure and do not be afraid to wade deep for big fish... however, watch for sharks. You can bet that if you find good bonefishing, you will also find sharks. Be wary of sharks while releasing bonefish, and reduce the potential for predation of your released bonefish. Do this by using adequate rods, reels and lines, by reducing fight time, by eliminating handling and using barbless hooks. “Keep ’em wet.” If you have to have a photo, consider waterproof cameras for interesting perspectives of you and your fish. North Andros is very interesting geographically. The south by Bering Point is sub-tropical. In the north, starting roughly near Stafford Creek, where the beautiful Stafford Creek Lodge is located, are extensive pine forests and some agriculture creating a significant change from the south. Bonefish angling is available all along the eastern shores, and creeks are great places to start. Car rentals are readily available from local airports and adventuresome anglers can reap great rewards for getting off the proverbial beaten path. Some creek 20 FLORIDA

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New African Surf Rod Design Promises ‘Seven Seas’ Success By Mike Pehanich

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he landscape is stark off Namibia’s South Atlantic Coast. Sands end in sea, and, well, that’s about all there is to see! But these coastal waters where Jeri Drake and wife Sue fish and train for international surf fishing competition are loaded with game species, including copper sharks (“bronzies”), spotted gully, cow sharks, blue rays, smooth hounds and many more. You might never make it to Africa to fish these waters, but the tackle and techniques that Jeri—a master rod builder, innovator, member of Namibian President’s fishing team, and owner of Excalibur Tackle (www. excalibur-tackle.com ) in the town of Henties Bay—takes to the surf could find application on your coastal waters, too. Fishing is serious sport along the “Skeleton Coast,” particularly for tournament anglers who, armed with long rods and a fighting belt, often wade out several hundred yards to sandbanks, routinely casting 6- to 7-once sinkers and bait 100 to 160 yards or more to reach hard-fighting game fish. Rod design for Jeri Drake, known simply as “Jeri” in southern African fishing circles, has evolved into 14-foot and longer rods. He has developed his own blanks for this style of fishing, with unique handles featuring short butt sections and long fore grips, the latter measuring around 28 inches. The essential difference to U.S. style blanks is a ‘faster’ action, as opposed to the usual ‘through’ action. Jeri employs the same “reel down” design—reel positioned relatively close to the fighting belt—with surf rods he builds for both “fixed spool” (spinning) reels and conventional reels. The long fore grips allow fishermen to change the fulcrum point while fighting the fish. The ���reel down” design also makes it easier to master more powerful casting techniques and thus achieve better distances. Wading through troughs and casting and fighting fish in sea spray calls

for a non-slip rod grip material. Jeri crafts his rod handles individually, wrapping Winn Superior Rod Wrap (www.winngrips.com ) directly over the large butt section of the rod blank. The all-weather WinnDry polymer, which also wraps easily over existing cork or EVA grips with its tape-like backing, retains its tacky feel even when he’s immersed in sea spray. In lieu of finishing tape, Jeri terminates the ends of the rod wrap with thread wrap and a finishing coat. This prevents seawater, sand particles and any other substance to undermine the grip material by seeping in between the wrap and blank. It also gives the handle a more finished look. To protect the polymer material from wear and punishment where rod butt meets rod belt, Jeri places a woven carbon sleeve above the butt button. The base of the rod wrap starts above the sleeve. This keeps the polymer from contacting the rod portal of the belt. Adapt some of Jeri’s surf rod tips to the rods in your arsenal. You’ll be tipping your cap to the tackle innovations of the avid anglers of southern Africa!

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SPEARFISHING WORLD RECORDS SHERI DAYE

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ost people have heard of IGFA (International Game Fish Association), which manages world records for fishermen. But have you heard of IUSA (International Underwater Spearfishing Association)? IUSA keeps track of spearfishing world records. Both were founded more than 65 years ago and have a rich history—and both pride themselves for providing a universal code of sporting ethics as well as record keeping. The IUSA rules are fairly simple: the fish must be taken while freediving and using a muscle-powered speargun, sling or polespear. The catch must be legal, unassisted and weighed on a certified scale. The application must include photos of the weighing, dimensions and witness information. The categories are: men and women, saltwater and freshwater, speargun and sling/polespear. In other words, a woman can have a record black grouper taken by polespear in the ocean; a man can have a record walleye taken by a speargun in a lake, and so forth. I was inspired a few years ago to see if I could get a world record yellowfin tuna. That led me to learn to hold my breath, educate myself on equipment, get in better shape, learn all about tunas, save money for trips and make friends with other bluewater hunters. Having that goal set many other activities in motion.

I was fortunate to achieve my goal with a 179-pound tuna in Mexico. While the catch itself was exciting, I now realize that it’s the hunt, not the catch—or as they say, “it’s the journey, not the destination.” The lessons learned, the new friends made along the way, the memories—that is what becomes most precious over time. If you’re interested in pursuing a world record, here’s some quick tips: 1. Go where the fish are! Investigate areas, charters, and recent catches. 2. Use the right tool for the job. For example, Wong guns are known for bluewater hunting, Hammerhead is known for slings/polespears, etc. 3. Know the rules in advance so you don’t unwittingly disqualify a record. They can be found on the IUSA website at www. iusarecords.com. 4. Pack a certified scale and tape measure in your dive bag. You never know when that special catch will take place! Chatillon scales are known for being accurate and “certifiable.” 5. Above all, be safe and have fun. Records are an enjoyable pursuit, but they don’t compare to your health and wellbeing. With a bit of persistence and some luck, you might be able to immortalize the fish of a lifetime by claiming a world record. Life is short, so get out and enjoy it! Follow “Sheri Daye” & “The Blue Wild Ocean Adventure Expo” April 22-23, 2017 – Ft. Lauderdale - Instagram and Facebook.

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2015 form. On the regional event side, team member Brandon Mosley maintained a hot hand through the Costa Series and made two out of three cuts while building his rods as well as Hallman’s out on the FLW Tour. As the FLW Tour and Elite Series went on throughout the year, Cox, Roy and Lester continued to produce all while building their own rods. Cox, the most notable, who builds lake-specific rods in his hotel room during practice also has fellow anglers coming to him to fix a tip-top or a guide in an emergency. As the 2016 Season comes to a close, MHX has had an incredible year with multiple titles, a FLW Cup Championship and even team members headed to the Classic for the first time in their careers. Keep an eye out for the MHX Team as 2017 Season begins in January. If you are looking to build your own fishing rods check out MHX Rods at www.fishmhx.com and Mud Hole Custom Tackle at www.MudHole.com.

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